Bears men's hockey fall in OT at Buffalo State, 3-2
BUFFALO, N.Y.—For the second night in a row, the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (7-15-1, 3-10-1 SUNYAC) battled out of an early hole before falling late in a contest. Tonight the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime before bowing 3-2 to Buffalo State (11-9-2, 8-5-2). Junior forwards Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) and Nate Zweig (Binghamton, N.Y./Syracuse Stars) each scored for the Bears, while senior assistant captain Nate Skidmore (Syracuse, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) finished with 29 saves.
The Bengals opened up a two-goal lead in the first after outshooting the Bears 10-6. Jon Colley made it 1-0 at 3:53. After an unsuccessful power play midway through the period, Vadim Vasjonkin struck to double the advantage.Potsdam rallied in the second period. Ferrell got the Bears on the board at the 3:13 mark with assists from freshman forward Jack Bloem (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Connecticut Rangers) and junior forward Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers). After more pressure, Zweig tied the game at 14:24. Sophomore forward Joey Sollazzo (Ottawa, Ontario/Navan Grads) and freshman forward Devin Panzeca (Lake Zurich, Ill./East Coast Wizards) picked up the assists. Buffalo State finished with a 10-9 edge in shots, but the score was tied after 40 minutes.
The Bears earned their only two power plays of the contest in the third period and created opportunities, but couldn't break the stalemate. Potsdam outshot the Bengals 13-9. However, Bengals goalie Connor Minch was sharp and forced the contest to overtime.
Buffalo State had the only three shots in the extra session and the third one made all the difference. Connor Zak scored at 1:02 and the Bengals closed out the victory.
Minch stopped 26 shots for the win. The Bears were 0-for-2 on the man advantage and Buffalo State was just 0-for-1.
Potsdam returns home next weekend to host No. 4 Oswego State on Friday and SUNY Cortland on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. The Bears will honor their five seniors for Senior Night during their contest with the Red Dragons.